Criminal gang steals £70k worth of vehicles from East Lancs homes

Blackburn Citizen: A grey Audi A4, a silver Vauxhall Insignia and a black Ford Transit van were taken from outside homes in Penny Lodge Lane A grey Audi A4, a silver Vauxhall Insignia and a black Ford Transit van were taken from outside homes in Penny Lodge Lane

A CRIMINAL gang used a hooked cane to steal keys from inside people’s homes and steal three vehicles worth £70,000.

Three houses in a rural cul-de-sac in Loveclough were targeted by four thieves who police believe had travelled from Manchester to steal the vehicles.

A grey Audi A4, a silver Vauxhall Insignia and a black Ford Transit van were taken from outside homes in Penny Lodge Lane after their owners left keys to the vehicles on surfaces inside the front door.

Overnight, as the residents were asleep, the offenders slid a hooked implement through the letterbox and used it to pick the keys up and steal the vehicles.

PC Phil Turner, of Burnley Police, said despite the police doing everything they can to locate the vehicles, it is unlikely they will ever be returned to their owners.

He said: “The four lads involved will have come down in their own car, targeted addresses, and stolen the first three vehicles available to steal.

“We believe they are from Manchester, because that was the direction they were last seen driving in.

“They know what they are doing. This isn’t just a case of joy riders, where the car will be found burnt out a few miles away.

“These organised criminals don’t leave any forensic evidence, and will more than likely already have buyers lined up for the vehicles.

“They might even take the cars straight to a braker’s yard, where they will be stripped down and the parts sold. Especially with the Audi, because the parts are expensive.

“This is what these types of lads do for a living. Where you and I get up and go to work, they go out and steal cars.”

The thefts took place between 10pm on Monday and 6am on Tuesday.

Anyone with information on the incidents should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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9:07pm Wed 26 Mar 14

M Foster says...

How many more times do people have to be warned about making it easy for such letter box thieves by putting keys on hooks with reach? They were probably also helpfully labelled.
How many more times do people have to be warned about making it easy for such letter box thieves by putting keys on hooks with reach? They were probably also helpfully labelled. M Foster
  • Score: 12

12:53am Thu 27 Mar 14

Steven11 says...

Bet they were Asians , prove me wrong. !
Bet they were Asians , prove me wrong. ! Steven11
  • Score: -4

7:47am Thu 27 Mar 14

TONY WALES says...

It is surprising more people do not get their cars stolen at night.
You see cars worth more than 50K parked outside homes put ,
them on a trailer and away you go

How many people state on a insurance form they keep their cars in a locked garage at night, and you can see on Google Earth that their are no garages attached to the house.
The insurance company will accept your money, but wait until they want to see the garage before they pay out for your stolen car.
It is surprising more people do not get their cars stolen at night. You see cars worth more than 50K parked outside homes put , them on a trailer and away you go How many people state on a insurance form they keep their cars in a locked garage at night, and you can see on Google Earth that their are no garages attached to the house. The insurance company will accept your money, but wait until they want to see the garage before they pay out for your stolen car. TONY WALES
  • Score: 8

8:52am Thu 27 Mar 14

burner says...

This picture . . . is tha the vehicle of the gang they are looking for, or is that one of the stolen cars ?
This picture . . . is tha the vehicle of the gang they are looking for, or is that one of the stolen cars ? burner
  • Score: 3

10:20am Thu 27 Mar 14

The Fair Word says...

Steven11 wrote:
Bet they were Asians , prove me wrong. !
You absolute moron !

How can you possibly have come to that conclusion from this story ? It really is a shame when racists like you have nothing better to do than incite racial hatred. I bet you are happy to accept a ride from an Asian taxi driver, have a kebab at the Asian takeaway and buy booze from the Asian off licence. Cowards hide behind their computers and spit out racist bile. If you feel that strongly about it, why not hold a 'peaceful' demonstration about in in the town centre. Oh yeah, your mates at the EDL tried doing that and ended up fighting amongst themselves.
I guarantee you are one of those people that soils his 3 week old underwear at the first sign of an Asian.
Prove me wrong !
[quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: Bet they were Asians , prove me wrong. ![/p][/quote]You absolute moron ! How can you possibly have come to that conclusion from this story ? It really is a shame when racists like you have nothing better to do than incite racial hatred. I bet you are happy to accept a ride from an Asian taxi driver, have a kebab at the Asian takeaway and buy booze from the Asian off licence. Cowards hide behind their computers and spit out racist bile. If you feel that strongly about it, why not hold a 'peaceful' demonstration about in in the town centre. Oh yeah, your mates at the EDL tried doing that and ended up fighting amongst themselves. I guarantee you are one of those people that soils his 3 week old underwear at the first sign of an Asian. Prove me wrong ! The Fair Word
  • Score: 7

4:13pm Thu 27 Mar 14

TONY WALES says...

The Fair Word wrote:
Steven11 wrote:
Bet they were Asians , prove me wrong. !
You absolute moron !

How can you possibly have come to that conclusion from this story ? It really is a shame when racists like you have nothing better to do than incite racial hatred. I bet you are happy to accept a ride from an Asian taxi driver, have a kebab at the Asian takeaway and buy booze from the Asian off licence. Cowards hide behind their computers and spit out racist bile. If you feel that strongly about it, why not hold a 'peaceful' demonstration about in in the town centre. Oh yeah, your mates at the EDL tried doing that and ended up fighting amongst themselves.
I guarantee you are one of those people that soils his 3 week old underwear at the first sign of an Asian.
Prove me wrong !
By answering letters such as the one about Asian people is not a very smart move.
All you do is get high blood pressure, and tensed up.
Far better is form your opinion about the writer, and when people do not get excited the writer will soon give up.
In the English language we are "winding people up", and don't take the bait.
[quote][p][bold]The Fair Word[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: Bet they were Asians , prove me wrong. ![/p][/quote]You absolute moron ! How can you possibly have come to that conclusion from this story ? It really is a shame when racists like you have nothing better to do than incite racial hatred. I bet you are happy to accept a ride from an Asian taxi driver, have a kebab at the Asian takeaway and buy booze from the Asian off licence. Cowards hide behind their computers and spit out racist bile. If you feel that strongly about it, why not hold a 'peaceful' demonstration about in in the town centre. Oh yeah, your mates at the EDL tried doing that and ended up fighting amongst themselves. I guarantee you are one of those people that soils his 3 week old underwear at the first sign of an Asian. Prove me wrong ![/p][/quote]By answering letters such as the one about Asian people is not a very smart move. All you do is get high blood pressure, and tensed up. Far better is form your opinion about the writer, and when people do not get excited the writer will soon give up. In the English language we are "winding people up", and don't take the bait. TONY WALES
  • Score: -2

6:51pm Thu 27 Mar 14

phil kernot says...

Welcome to the European Union ,,, clegg your just a weak politician ,, and as soon as we get our say we can vote out and shut our borders and say we're full ,,, if that's rascist so be it .... But it's not just the scaremongers say it is ,,,
Welcome to the European Union ,,, clegg your just a weak politician ,, and as soon as we get our say we can vote out and shut our borders and say we're full ,,, if that's rascist so be it .... But it's not just the scaremongers say it is ,,, phil kernot
  • Score: 3

12:09am Fri 28 Mar 14

Shabz1992 says...

Steven11 wrote:
Bet they were Asians , prove me wrong. !
Why is every1 who is called "Steven" a racist phattt retard !

Prove me wrong…
[quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: Bet they were Asians , prove me wrong. ![/p][/quote]Why is every1 who is called "Steven" a racist phattt retard ! Prove me wrong… Shabz1992
  • Score: 0

10:14am Mon 31 Mar 14

Richard Pembrook says...

Shabz1992 wrote:
Steven11 wrote:
Bet they were Asians , prove me wrong. !
Why is every1 who is called "Steven" a racist phattt retard !

Prove me wrong…
phattt retard? Not very good English. Maybe more lessons are in order?
[quote][p][bold]Shabz1992[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: Bet they were Asians , prove me wrong. ![/p][/quote]Why is every1 who is called "Steven" a racist phattt retard ! Prove me wrong…[/p][/quote]phattt retard? Not very good English. Maybe more lessons are in order? Richard Pembrook
  • Score: 0

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